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John Mills



Born in a British seaside resort town, John Mills was the son of a mathematics teacher father. Mills' mother worked as a theatrical box office manager, and it was this world, rather than his father's academic milieu, which most attracted young Mills. After brief employment as a clerk in a corn merchant's office, Mills moved to London, where he enrolled at Zelia Raye's Dancing School. His first professional job was as a chorus dancer in The Five O'Clock Revue in 1929. Making as many contacts as possible, Mills was able to secure work on the legitimate stage, and in 1932 appeared in his first film, the Jessie Matthews vehicle The Midshipmaid. Learning his craft in "quota quickies," Mills rose to leading man in such prestige productions as Brown on Resolution (1935), Tudor Rose (1936), and The Green Cockatoo (1938). In 1939, he appeared in his first American film, Goodbye Mr. Chips, playing student Peter Colley. He starred in a number of morale-boosting World War II films, usually playing the personification of the calm, resourceful young British military officer; any chance for a real life career in uniform, however, was scuttled by Mills' duodenal ulcer. After the war, he starred in such international hits as Great Expectations (1946), Scott of the Antarctic (1949), Hobson's Choice (1954), and Above Us the Waves (1955). In 1970, Mills won a long overdue Oscar for his performance as the village idiot in Ryan's Daughter (1970), directed (as were several of Mills' earlier films) by David Lean. His Broadway work has included Ross, a 1961 dramatization of the life of T.E. Lawrence. In 1966, Mills directed Sky West and Crooked (aka Gypsy Girl), which starred his daughter, Hayley Mills, and was written by his wife, Mary Hayley Bell (Mills' other daughter, Juliet, is likewise an actress of note). One year later, he made his American series-TV debut as British attorney Dundee in the weekly Western Dundee and the Culhane. In 1977, John Mills was made a knight of the British Empire; his very full life, both offscreen and on, was summed up three years later in his autobiography Up in the Clouds, Gentlemen, Please.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Le calde notti di Lady Hamilton (Emma Hamilton)
  • Actor
2012
96% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet It's Great To Be Young!
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Frankenstein
  • DeLacey
2007
65% Bright Young Things
  • Man Taking Cocaine at Party
2003
23% Who's That Girl?
  • Montgomery Bell
2003
20% Cats: The Musical
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Chalk Garden
  • Maitland
1998
No Score Yet The Noel Coward Trilogy
  • Actor
1998
42% Bean
  • Chairman
1997
95% Hamlet
  • Old Norway
1996
No Score Yet Grave Indiscretion
  • Sir Edward Cleghorn
1995
No Score Yet Martin Chuzzlewit
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Deadly Advice
  • Jack the Ripper
1993
20% Frankenstein
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Harnessing Peacocks
  • Bernard
1992
No Score Yet Ending Up
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet The Garden
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories
  • Actor
1990
80% When the Wind Blows
  • Jim Bloggs
1988
No Score Yet Anthrax - Oidivnikufesin N.F.V.
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Hold the Dream
  • Henry Rossiter
1986
No Score Yet Masks of Death
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Murder with Mirrors
  • Lewis Serrocold
1985
No Score Yet Sahara
  • Cambridge
1984
No Score Yet The Masks of Death (Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death)
  • Dr. John H. Watson
1984
88% Gandhi
  • Viceroy
1982
33% The Human Factor
  • Mike McAllister
1979
57% Zulu Dawn
  • Sir Henry Bartle Frere
1979
No Score Yet The Quatermass Conclusion
  • Professor Bernard Quatermass
1979
No Score Yet The Thirty Nine Steps
  • Scudder
1978
No Score Yet Dr. Strange
  • Thomas Lindmer
1978
No Score Yet The Big Sleep
  • Inspector Carson
1978
No Score Yet Doctor Strange
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Choice of Weapons
  • Bertie Cook
1976
No Score Yet Oklahoma Crude
  • Cleon Doyle
1973
44% Young Winston
  • Gen. Herbert Kitchener
1972
No Score Yet Lady Caroline Lamb
  • Canning
1972
50% Ryan's Daughter
  • Michael
1970
75% Oh! What A Lovely War
  • Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
1969
No Score Yet Adam's Woman
  • Sir Philip MacDonald
1969
No Score Yet Black Veil for Lisa
  • Franz
1968
No Score Yet Chuka
  • Colonel Stuart Valois
1967
No Score Yet Africa---Texas Style!
  • Wing Commander Hayes
1967
No Score Yet The Family Way
  • Ezra Fitton
1966
88% The Wrong Box
  • Masterman Finsbury
1966
No Score Yet Sky West and Crooked (Bats with Baby Faces)(Gypsy Girl)
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet King Rat
  • Col. Smedley-Taylor
1965
No Score Yet The Truth About Spring
  • Tommy Tyler
1965
60% Operation Crossbow
  • Gen. Boyd
1965
No Score Yet Flame in the Streets
  • Jacko Palmer
1962
No Score Yet Tiara Tahiti
  • Lt. Col. Clifford Southey
1962
No Score Yet Season of Passion
  • Barney
1961
No Score Yet The Singer Not the Song
  • Father Keogh
1961
80% Swiss Family Robinson
  • Father
1960
67% Tunes of Glory
  • Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
1960
No Score Yet Tiger Bay
  • Superintendent Graham
1959
No Score Yet I Was Monty's Double
  • Major Harvey
1958
No Score Yet Dunkirk
  • Cpl. 'Tubby' Bins
1958
No Score Yet Ice Cold in Alex
  • Captain Anson
1958
No Score Yet Escapade
  • John Hampden
1957
No Score Yet Town on Trial
  • Supt. Mike Halloran
1957
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Cabby
1956
33% War and Peace
  • Platon Karatayev
1956
No Score Yet Baby and the Battleship
  • Puncher Roberts
1956
No Score Yet Above Us the Waves
  • Cmdr. Fraser
1955
No Score Yet The Colditz Story
  • Pat Reid
1955
No Score Yet The End of the Affair
  • Albert Parkis
1954
No Score Yet The Gentle Gunman
  • Actor
1953
95% Hobson's Choice
  • Willie Mossop
1953
No Score Yet The Long Memory
  • Davidson
1953
No Score Yet Mr. Denning Drives North
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Morning Departure
  • Lt. Cmdr. Armstrong
1951
No Score Yet Scott of the Antarctic
  • Capt. R.F. Scott
1949
No Score Yet The History of Mr. Polly
  • Alfred Polly
1949
83% The Rocking Horse Winner
  • Bassett
  • Producer
1949
No Score Yet History of Mr. Polly
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Cottage to Let
  • Producer
1948
No Score Yet The October Man
  • Jim Ackland
1948
No Score Yet So Well Remembered
  • George Boswell
1947
100% Great Expectations
  • Pip
1947
No Score Yet Waterloo Road
  • Jim Colter
1945
No Score Yet The Way to the Stars
  • Peter Penrose
1945
100% This Happy Breed
  • Billy Mitchell
1944
No Score Yet We Dive at Dawn
  • Captain - Lt. Taylor, R.N.
1943
93% In Which We Serve
  • Shorty Blake
1942
No Score Yet Cottage to Let
  • Flt┬ĚLieut. Perry
1941
81% Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Young Colley
1939
No Score Yet The Green Cockatoo
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Tudor Rose (Nine Days a Queen)
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Brown on Resolution (Forever England) (Born for Glory)
  • Albert Brown
1935
No Score Yet Car of Dreams
  • Robert Miller
1935
No Score Yet Doctor's Orders
  • Ronnie Blake
1934
No Score Yet The Ghost Camera
  • Ernest Elton
1933
No Score Yet The Valiant
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Gus the Theatre Cat Gus, the Theatre Cat

Quotes from John Mills' Characters